“The RBI and CCIL have expressed reservations and said they would be reluctant to apply for registration under Esma.”images

India is “reluctant” to apply for third-country equivalence for the Clearing Corporation of India (CCIL) from the European Commission (EC), while it is also planning to mandate the central clearing of rupee foreign exchange derivatives, a scenario that could potentially force European banks to exit the most profitable part of their derivatives business in the country.

On June 15, the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) is due to provide advice for the EC over whether India’s central counterparty (CCP) will be able to clear trades for European banks on July 15. Currently there is no framework within European Market Infrastructure Regulation (Emir) to enable clearing from non-equivalent CCPs. Continue reading